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Completed Thermaltake Level 10 GT Water Cooling build log

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Yeah I am sure you will like the Case, as I re-assured you its very sturdy for the amount of plastic that is on it.

As for the PSU you couldn't have chosen a better one out there on the market right now.
Amazing regulation and wild efficency.

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I have that case and I have the Thermaltake TR2 RX 1200 watt PSU. It draws air in from the bottom of the case and exhaausts out the back. Very quiet. No heat and no issues.
 
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I have that case and I have the Thermaltake TR2 RX 1200 watt PSU. It draws air in from the bottom of the case and exhaausts out the back. Very quiet. No heat and no issues.

Yeah I think somebody here has seen your case in person. It was partially based on their first hand opinion that I made the final decision to pick one up. (Yours is white isn't it? ).
 

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Yeah I think somebody here has seen your case in person. It was partially based on their first hand opinion that I made the final decision to pick one up. (Yours is white isn't it? ).
Nope! Mine is black. Killswitch,a member here,helped me transplant all my hardware from my Area 51 ALX into the Level 10 GT. He posted a few pics here. I have since replaced the Dell 1200 watt PSU with a Tt TR2 RX 1200 watt PSU,and replaced the Tt liquid CPU cooler with a Corsair H 100.
 

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Shiny bits... meet mr black krylon enamel....... :)

The bit on the far left of the first pic is an old TT hold-down mount for my first WC kit. Showed up in my tickle trunk while I was looking for ideas, and I suspect it will be perfect for what I want to do for the Res Mount (never... ever... throw anything like that away!!!! ;) ). I've got 6 of the barbs "inked", and quite a few nuts, but while I don't want to risk the barbs to paint, I'm having second thoughts about not just painting the nuts.​
 

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Ahhhh.... did you pick up one of the pre-WC'd cases?

edit: Here's the link to that build.... http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/new-builds/47571-alienware-tt-level-10-gt-lcs.html?highlight=thermaltake . Any new pics with the TT PSU and the new WC?

What's your general impression been of the case? Does it seem solid enough for your likings?
I got the case with the wc already in it. The pump kept making a buzzing sound,and it was louder than anything else in the case. That cooler also required some maintainance,so I ordered the Corsair H 100. Now it runs dead quiet,a few degrees cooler,and of course,no maintainance. This case is everything I wanted it to be. Everthing is considerably cooler than it was in my Area 51 case. There is also a lot more room in the Level 10 for bigger video cards etc. etc. It even has room for a 120mm fan at the bottom,next to the PSU. The Area 51 is a HUGE,HEAVY, and awesome case,but in spite of it's size,it didn't have the same airflow,and the Alienware cooler,the fans etc. were a lot more noisy. The Level 10 is easy to move around and is as solid as solid could be for a case with plastic in it. It runs super quiet even with the fans on high. I don't believe you can find a better case anywhere. I will post some pics of the final set up once my buddy Killswitch comes over to my house. I have no idea as to how to post pictures etc. All in all,the Level 10 GT is,in my opinion, the best damn case available for enthusiasts and hard core gamers.
 

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Gotta love an online retailer who goes the extra mile. Nothing better than picking up a package that clearly states what kind of goodies are enclosed. :)

Pictured are an EK-Supreme HF (R4) CPU block (copper Acetal), EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240, Limited Edition DazMode - TFC - 3/8" ID - 1/2" OD Muskoka Night (Feser Tube UV Hose), Feser Tube Hose - 3/8" ID - 1/2" OD - CLEAR/UV BLUE, 4 x 3/8"ID - 1/2"OD Straight Compression Fitting - Silver (Fesser), and last but not least, 45 Degree High Flow Rotary Adapter M/F G1/4 (Value Pack of 4) (Fesser).​

I had expected the Muskoka Night to be closer to black, but instead it appears to be a very deep blue (I'd say twighlight blue..... ;) ). I'm not completely sure on whether or not I'll use the clear UV tubing... in the past I've always had at least one run of clear(ish) tubing to allow me a quick visual on the movement (or more importantly the lack of...... :) ) of the coolant, but I'm kinda sitting on the fence this time around as I feel it might detract from the look I'm going for.​






The EK-CoolStream Rad XT 240 (double) is supposedly geared towards low(er) rpm fans, and looks to have some pretty decent spacing between the fins to allow for low CFM airflow. I'm not going to be cooling anything other than the CPU, so with any luck a fairly deep 240 should be more than enough.​






Here's a comparison between the EK, and an old(er) swiftech MCR220-QP-Res I had kicking around the house. The QP is clearly a good 1"+ longer, but is quite a bit thinner. That's not just the surrounding case, the fins themselves are that much deeper on the EK. Hopefully that'll translate into better heat dissipation.​







Here's the unboxed EK-Supreme HF with the new mount kit, not pictured are the rear support plate, and the small tube of MX-4 that's included. I went with the copper in spite of not having any issues with my previous Nickel plated one, just wanted to make sure I didn't experience any problems.​






The water block ships with the intel mount installed. Switching over to the AMD mount is a simple as removing the 4 hex head screws, removing the top, swapping the AMD mount for the Intel, refitting the top, and then re-installing the hex head screws.​

Only thing to keep in mind is that this procedure opens the loop, and thus must be done prior to adding coolant to the loop. (Don't forget to do this prior to testing your loop.... ;) ). It's also a good idea to avoid touching the o-rings, they can always be put back in place, but if they get out of the groove they're in, they can be a bit of a pain to re-install.​






Lastly, here's the barbs we're going to go with on the WB. The WB is the most likely connection that's going to move around (new Procs, new hardware, re-seat, etc......) so I'm kinda sold on both rotary and compression fittings for the CPU block. I'm a cheap bugger, so I'll still probably stick with non-compression fittings for the less obvious and less likely to move around fittings. While we're on the subject of me being a cheap bugger... you might have noticed that, in spite of stating a preference for less shiny bits, all of the fittings are chrome.... yeah, they were on sale, and readily available. :) I'm starting to re-think my aversion to chromed WC fittings... I'm thinking I'll install them as-is, and then keep my eyes open for some HWC'er who's trying to sell off some of those smokey black fittings in 3/8 flavour.... ;)
 

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